Australia manager Ange Postecoglou has called up 24-year-old midfielder Chris Herd to be included in his 23-man provisional squad for the upcoming friendly against Ecuador, according to Aston Villa's website.
The friendly, to be held at The Den next Wednesday, will give the new manager the chance to shape the next generation of Socceroos as he looks forward to the World Cup finals in Brazil this June.
The Perth native, who signed for Villa from Bayswater City SC in 2005, is one of four newcomers including Curtis Good (Dundee United), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) and Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf).
Herd hasn't featured for Villa since the 2-1 defeat at Stoke on December 21, making 42 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring twice.
Used as somewhat of a utility player at Villa Park due to various injuries across the midfield and defense, Herd's versatility could work in his favour in the bid for selection.
In a squad that has seen several of its senior players left out, including former Villa man Brett Holman, Al Gharafa’s Mark Bresciano and Watford’s latest acquisition, former captain Lucas Neill, Herd and his uncapped counterparts have the perfect chance to spearhead a new era in Australian football by staking their claiming for a spot in the squad for the finals in Brazil.
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